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When There Was Water

Directed by:

Nicole Otero

15 mins

Saturday, Nov 19, 2022

4:00 PM

Shorts Program 3

After a long separation, Ida’s encounter with her mother creates an unexpected sensation in her body. She resists the forceful lens of her daily life, cutting off the outside world, as she tries to recreate the image of her mother in her mind and body.

STUART Cinema & Café

About the Filmmaker

Nicole Otero is a filmmaker currently based in California. Her directorial narrative debut, SLIP, was acquired by Kino Lorber/Dedza in 2021, as part of an anthology highlighting emerging directors. SLIP is now currently streaming on Criterion Channel. Her next film, WHEN THERE WAS WATER, premiered at BAMcinemaFest in New York. Across her films, she is interested in expanding cinema’s sonic possibilities.

In addition to her work as a director, Otero has served as an editor to several films for major museum exhibitions. She also edited THE AFRICAN DESPERATE, a feature film, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and New Directors/New Films 2022, and is now in theaters/online via Mubi.